About Jesus and the boy with the bread and fishes
Because of his generosity, Jesus was able to break the bread and fish and feed over five thousand people.
This account tells us that Jesus can use your gifts to bless others and that He will bless you in return.
The boy had come to see Jesus do miracles
This boy had come with his family to a place called the Sea of Tiberias. They had heard about Jesus and wanted to see the Lord.
He took his food with him. His meal consisted of five loaves of bread and two small fish. His bread was made with a grain called barley.
The boy and his family joined the big crowd that followed Jesus. They all wanted to see Him because they had heard that He was healing the sick.
Of course, those who were sick wanted to be healed as well.
Jesus went up into the mountain and sat down. It was cool there.
The Lord did not disappoint the hopeful, excited crowd. He healed a lot of people all day long.
The people became excited and praise God for the miracles.
Jesus wanted to feed the people
Now Jesus’ disciples told this part of the miracle from different angles. Matthew said that the disciples went to the Lord in the evening with a request.
They reminded Jesus that it was evening and asked Him to send the people away to get food. Instead, Jesus told them to feed the people.
The disciples explained that there was no way they could feed that huge crowd with the money they had.
Andrew told Jesus about the little boy
Now the disciples knew they could not feed that huge crowd. Or so they thought!
Apostle Andrew must have been checking the crowd. Or maybe the little boy must have been close enough to hear!
Maybe he had been following Jesus around as He did the miracles!
That little boy willingly gave his small basket of food to feed that crowd. He surely had a lot of faith and Jesus blessed that faith.
Jesus took the food and blessed it
Jesus gave the little boy a high five and told him thanks. He blessed the food and gave His Father thanks, then gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people.
The people ate and ate until they were full and the food kept coming. They oohed and aahed and the story spread around the crowd.
There was a lot of excitement as they began to praise God again for this new miracle.
When everyone was satisfied, Jesus told the disciples to take up the leftovers. We see the Lord is not a waster.
Can you imagine? There were twelve baskets left over!
Jesus and the boy with the bread and fishes scriptures
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[fn] worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number.
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.
And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”
So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten